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Wine Regions


The production of wine, which dates back to the 15th century, has a long tradition in this region.


The breathtaking natural landscapes, the lagoons and the springs, the volcanic craters, and the well-balanced relationship between the sea and the coast, make the Azores a prime tourist destination.

The Azores are located in the Atlantic Ocean. They are composed of nine islands, all of volcanic origin, and the climate is strongly influenced by the sea, experiencing mild temperatures and heavy rain all year long. In addition to the unique characteristics, which grant this island region a prominent place regarding tourism in general, wine tourism flourishes in the region with a growing relevance.
Due to the rain and the fierce winds, the vineyards are planted in "Corrals", volcanic stone walls, which are rich in nutrients. These walls serve not only to protect the vineyards from the storms and the salty air coming from the sea, but also to release heat accumulated during the day, creating exceptional conditions for the vineyard cultivation.
The Azores wine region has three designations of origin: Graciosa, Biscoitos (Terceira Island) and Pico.

The Graciosa wines are fortified and white, and are produced from the Verdelho, Arinto, Terrantez, Boal and Fernão Pires grape varieties. In the Biscoitos region, on Terceira island, the fortified wine is produced from the Verdelho, Arinto and Terrantez grape varieties. On Pico, the most representative island of the Azorean winemaking region, Verdelho wine, made from the grape variety with this very name, has gained worldwide reputation throughout centuries, being still today highly appreciated in countries such as Russia, Brazil and England. Classified in 2004 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Protected Landscape of Regional Interest of the Viniculture of the Island of Pico (created in 1996), is one of the wonders of the stunning Azores. 

Wine Tourism
Wine Tourism
This destination has won numerous honours and international awards, among them the Quality Cost Gold Award, which recognizes the environmental quality of coastal destinations, and was awarded second place by the National Geographic as the best islands in the world for Sustainable Tourism.

Wine Tourism gains a significant importance regarding the tourism offer in the region. The proof lies in the creation of the Wine Museum by the Regional Government of the Azores, based in The Carmelitas Convent, in Madalena village, Pico island. Here one can find some of the most relevant cultural aspects related to the wine culture in the Azores.
Hand in hand with wine tourism, the Azorean gastronomy is a true delight for regional food lovers, with each island providing their unique recipes. On the Azores, fish and seafood abound. Presented in the most diverse ways, tuna, of smooth flavour and textures, the octopus stewed in wine, or the tender and tasty lobsters are the most appreciated. Regarding the meat dishes, the most typical menus are the regional beef steak, the rump steak of Terceira and the unparalleled Cozido das Furnas, (boiled meat dish) one of the most emblematic dishes of this island region, which is unique for being cooked underground, with the natural heat released from the volcanic activity of São Miguel Island. The cheeses and delicatessen are also must-eat delicacies, among them the sausage and the cheese from São Jorge. As for the sweets, the conventual sweets gain special relevance with the range of typical cakes and sweets from each island, among them the Bolo Lêvedo, original from Furnas, and the Azores honey, a high quality product with Protected Designation of Origin.

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